Riot Games is going to be more hands-on with South Korea’s LoL scene in the far future.
According to an Inven Global report, the League of Legends Champions Korea league (or the LCK to the rest of the LoL-loving populace) will soon have its own dedicated studio courtesy of the LoL publishers. The initial investment for this “takeover” is US$28 million, with plans for further investment.
The studio, called LoL Park, will be ready by September 2018 and is nearly 57,000 square feet in size. LoL Park will house up to 450 fans, as well as have its own amenities like an internet café/LAN shop/PC bang, a coffee shop, and backstage/practice areas. It will be built near Seoul Metro’s Jong-Gak Station.
Of course, this means that Riot will take over production duties of the LCK, just like it did with the European and North American LCS leagues. Previously the LCK was under third-party broadcast groups OGN and SPOTV.
Whether Riot will work together or find some other way around this relationship is up for debate; the current status quo of having English broadcasting for Korean LoL matches is fine for now. If you’re not a fan of the change, however, feel free to voice out your concerns over our Discord and Facebook channels.
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